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Feedback sought for community health needs

During the next three months, Skiff Medical Center (soon to be known as MercyOne Newton Medical Center) and the Jasper County Health Department will be partnering to prepare a 2019 Jasper County Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). The goal of this CHNA project is to understand progress in addressing community health needs cited in the 2016 CHNA report and to collect up-to-date community health perceptions. In addition, ACA legislation requires all tax-exempt hospitals to submit a CHNA to the IRS every three years.

To accomplish this work, a short online survey has been developed. The survey link is available at www.skiffmed.com and www.facebook.com/skiffmed, as well as the Jasper County Health Department website. VVV Consultants LLC, an independent research firm from Olathe, Kan., has been retained to conduct this community-wide research.

According to Chad Kelley, Ancillary Services Director at Skiff, CHNA is a valuable tool for hospital leaders. “It is an excellent way to plan, assess and respond to health-care needs for those we are privileged to serve,” he said.

All community residents are encouraged to complete the CHNA online survey by Feb. 22.

“We hope that the community and health professionals will take advantage of this opportunity to provide input into the future of health-care delivery in our county,” said Jasper County representative Becky Pryor.

In association with ongoing health-needs assessment, a community-wide town hall meeting will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 19 at the Newton DMACC Conference Center, Room 210. DMACC is located at 600 N. Second Ave. W. in Newton. If you have any questions about CHNA activities, please email Skiff at pr@skiffmed.com.

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